Archive for February, 2014

4 Things You Need To Know About Hyper-V Integration Services

The following is a quick write-up about the function of Hyper-V Integration Services (HIS). The idea is to give IT admins a quick overview:   1. You need to update Hyper-V Integration Services (HIS) inside each VM whenever you run Windows Update on the host Read this post: It’s not automatic!   2. Without up-to-date […]

9 Editions of Windows Server 2012 Compared At a Glance

The table below compares all nine editions of Windows Server 2012 available today:       Windows Server® 2012 Products and Editions Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Windows Server 2012 Standard Windows Server 2012 Essentials Windows Server 2012 Foundation Microsoft Hyper-V® Server 2012 Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Premium Windows […]

What’s New In Windows Server 2012 and R2?

Microsoft Windows Server 2012, also known as Microsoft Windows Server 8, is an operating system of the Windows series of the software developer company Microsoft. Server 2012 is the successor of Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows 8 is the workstation version of Server 2012 and was released on September 4, 2012. Windows Server 2012 R2 […]

Hyper-V on RAID is Slow…Why?

Why Hyper-V May Be Slow on a RAID Striped RAID combines several hard drives into one by storing consecutive blocks on the next hard drive in the array. For example, if you use four hard drives in a striped array block #1 and #5 are on hard drive #1, block #2 and #6 are on […]

How to Fix VSS Timeout Error VSS_E_FLUSH_WRITES_TIMEOUT

VSS_E_FLUSH_WRITES_TIMEOUT is a VSS timeout error and may be reported by your backup software using the code  0x80042313 when using the writer “Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer” or when backing up VMware. However, this VSS timeout error may occur on hosts without Hyper-V as well. Try the following options to fix VSS_E_FLUSH_WRITES_TIMEOUT:   Repair Strategy #1 Using […]

Hyper-V Files, Formats, Snapshots, and Checkpoints Explained

  The main files used by Hyper-V are: XML files contain VM configuration details BIN files store the memory of a VM when a snapshot was taken VSV file is the VM’s saved state AVHD and AVHDX files are differencing virtual disks, commonly used for snapshots and Hyper-V checkpoints VHD and VHDX are virtual disks […]

Disaster Recovery Strategies and Recovery Objectives

Disaster Recovery Explained The term disaster recovery describes the process required after a data loss event. This includes data recovery and might also involve replacing hardware that is no longer usable in the new IT infrastructure. The concept of Business Continuity involves more than just IT infrastructure and focuses on keeping business processes active without […]

New: Backup Software Comparison and List

Comparison and Discussion of Backup Types Certain backup strategies may work better depending on the how often and intense the data to be backed up is being modified. Single backup operations can be divided into full backup, differential and incremental backups. Differential and incremental backup require at least one full backup to take place initially. […]

What is Deduplication?

In information technology, Deduplication, or data deduplication, is a process that identifies redundant data (duplicate detection) and eliminates it before it is written to non-volatile disk. The process compresses data like other methods and hence reduces the amount of data that is sent from a transmitter to a receiver. It is almost impossible to predict […]